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Sep 6, 2010 10:00pm PDT
can tell us, well, you know what? the economy is tough. you guys have to accept all these cuts. when they were making money hand over fist. >> reporter: the fact is for all the union's efforts, the company has been able to find replacement workers for a very simple reason. >> the unemployment rate is approximately 9.8% in the area. >> reporter: local firms like xerox and kodak have been shedding jobs for years, leaving a reserve work force that makes the mott strike seem quick. >> workers in the united states represented by unions have been engaged in a lowered number of strikes today than at any time since we've seen in the last 40 years. >> reporter: economist andrew sum, a former union steelworker himself, runs a labor center at northeastern university. >> there's no need to pay workers more. workers do not have the collective bargaining power to demand that they get paid more. so as a result, the upper hand at the current time is held by corporations. >> i've been hearing it for two years now from the h.r.- manager in here, don't your people realize that we're in a recessio
Sep 7, 2010 7:00pm EDT
us yet. we're eight weeks away from election day. you see a lot of democrats in very tough districts really starting to put distance between themselves and the national democrats, president obama, speaker pelosi. >> lehrer: you also believe looking further at those polls about dissatisfaction with government. there's stuff in there that needs to be noted as well, correct some. >> awe-i have looked all year long. it's this volatility, almost anger that exists inside the electorate. take a look at these numbers because this is fascinating when you look at it through history. today 78% of respondents say tler dissatisfied or angry with government and how government works versus 22% who are satisfied or enthusiastic. compare that, jim, to november 1994. you remember bill clinton was president. newt gingrich, the republican revolution and the takeover of the house of representatives, you are seeing more dissatisfaction and anger in the electorate now than you did when republicans won 54 seats and took over the house. >> lehrer: now these two words d dissatisfaction" and "anger." parse tho
Sep 6, 2010 6:00pm PDT
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Search Results 0 to 5 of about 6 (some duplicates have been removed)